April 4, 2021

“A Guatemalan woman entered the United States and was detained by  Border Patrol and transferred to a border patrol facility. She had previously injured  herself in the desert and could not walk well. When transported to the facility, a  nurse told her she needed surgery to fix a broken bone and torn muscle. She was  taken to a clinic where an X ray was taken and found that her tibia was shattered.  The medical assistant then told the female border agent who was present that the  woman needed an operation right away. The medical assistant told the woman that  the surgery was absolutely necessary, and so she agreed to the operation. Then they  transferred her to a hospital and changed the Border Patrol agent in of charge of  her. It was now a male Border Patrol agent. He received all the paperwork. The  woman did not receive any paperwork. The medical staff started prepping for the  surgery, then all of a sudden they said they couldn’t do it. The medical staff then  gave the woman a sedative and put a cast on. The nurse told her that wherever she  goes next, that the women must have surgery. When she asked why they were not  continuing with surgery, the medical staff apologized profusely and told her the  agents were not going to allow the Guatemalan woman to stay in the U.S. long  enough for an operation she desperately needed. Medical staff repeated that she  must have surgery as soon as she can because her injuries were serious. The Border  Patrol agent there then rushed the woman out of the hospital without allowing the  woman to eat or change clothes or get any prescribed pain medication. Though she  could barely walk, she was expelled to Nogales, Sonora without any crutches.”

Source: Kino Border Initiative (KBI) and NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Due Process Denied, April 2021. .

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): CBP

Event Type(s): Dangerous Deportation, Denial of Medical Care

Accountability Status: Complaint filed with CRCL, Shared with DHS OIG